Facebook to Launch Video-Focused Apple TV App 'Soon'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    At the Code Media conference in Dana Point, California, Facebook's Vice President of Partnerships Dan Rose announced that Facebook is planning to launch an app for set-top boxes like the Apple TV in the near future.

    Focused on video content, the app will allow users to watch the "same kinds of video" available on Facebook's app and website, except they'll be viewable on the larger screen of a television set.

    The Facebook for Apple TV app will recommend videos for users to watch or will allow users to view videos previously saved on other devices. A Facebook account will be required, but at launch, the app will not include ads.

    News of Facebook's work on an app for set-top boxes was first shared by The Wall Street Journal in late January. The site also said Facebook is speaking with media companies about licensing long-form TV-quality "premium" programming that will presumably be available in the upcoming app.

    Media companies say Facebook is aiming for videos that are over 10 minutes and are created specifically for the social network, with a focus on everything from scripted TV shows to sports.

    Facebook plans to launch its set-top box app "soon," and it will be available on the Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV.

    During the Code Media conference, Facebook also made a few other announcements. Autoplay videos in the News Feed will now automatically play with the sound on unless a phone is on silent, a picture-in-picture feature is coming for watching videos while scrolling through the News Feed, and vertical video viewing is rolling out.

    Article Link: Facebook to Launch Video-Focused Apple TV App 'Soon'
  2. jerry16 macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2016
    across the universe
    Seriously, why? What purpose does this serve other than to make an already sickening app even more sickening?
  3. bigchrisfgb macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2010
    Facebook, go home you're drunk.
    A set top box so you can watch videos on YouTube on your TV, so just like using Facebook on a computer.
    They are trying everything to stay relevant, face it Facebook you are the big player on social networking and the biggest distributor of false news, that is what you are good at, stick to it.
  4. displayblock macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2014
    1. Money.
    2. Brand loyalty enables them to get away with murder.
    3. Why stop if you keep making money?
  5. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    Makes sense. Facebook is becoming a larger source for news. TV has been the way many people get news since it was created.
  6. IGI2 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2015
  7. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    The quotes in the title makes me want this to turn into a thread of "soon" memes.
  8. 2010mini macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2013
    The bolded part should send shivers down your spine.
  9. Xavier, Feb 14, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2017

    Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    It does and I certainly don't get my news from Facebook. But thinking about how my users Facebook has and how easy it is to read or view information on that platform, I think it's safe to say a lot of people use Facebook for news. If Facebook becomes more credible and reliable as an accurate source, like they say, then I don't see how this is terrible.
  10. Cineplex macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2016
  11. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    Just what we always asked for. Video shot in portrait, to be displayed on our landscape televisions...
  12. joy.757 macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2014
    I don't think there is enough such (good quality) content on Facebook. But, I suppose it is good for the app ecosystem.
  13. Cameroncafe10a macrumors member


    Oct 15, 2016
    Cool, means that I can enjoy all of the free-booted Facebook videos on my TV

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